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Agriculture Press Release

January 12, 1998

Department Will Offer Seminars on Ag Exporting

TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer five seminars around the state in January and February to help companies market their agricultural products in the global marketplace.

"Expanding the export market for Floridas agribusiness community is a key to maintaining a growing state economy," Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford said. "These seminars will provide practical information on selling in the international marketplace."

Anyone interested in exporting a product or service that could be utilized in a farming or ranching operation will benefit from the seminars, Crawford said.

"These seminars could open the door for the export of food products, agricultural chemicals, machinery, livestock, computers and other allied products and services necessary for an agricultural enterprise," he said.

At the seminars, representatives from the Departments International Marketing Section, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Foreign Agricultural Service, and the export industry will provide information on government programs to assist Florida agricultural exporters and tips on finding international buyers. Specialists in international banking and transportation will discuss the financing of export sales and how to ship products overseas.

Among the programs that will be discussed are the federally funded Market Access Program (MAP) and the Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign (FAPC).

Registration for the seminars, which run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., is $25 per person, which includes all materials and lunch. There also will be an opportunity for individual discussions with seminar participants after lunch.

The locations and dates of the seminars are:

ORLANDO
Tuesday, January 27
Hurston Building

TAMPA
Wednesday, January 28
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

JACKSONVILLE
Thursday, February 5
World Trade Center

MIAMI
Wednesday, February 18
World Trade Center

HOMESTEAD
Thursday, February 19
County Agricultural Center

For information, or to register for a seminar, contact:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
International Marketing Section
410 Mayo Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800
Telephone: (850) 488-4366
Fax: (850) 922-0374
Web site: www.fl-ag.com/export

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For More Information:
Debra Cox
(850) 488-4366


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